Daily Martyrology for November 15

In 1280, at Cologne, St. Albert the Great, bishop and doctor. He was born of an artistocratic family near Augsburg, and joined the Dominicans in Padua. He taught in Cologne, Paris and elsewhere. He was bishop of Regensburg for a brief time, but was allowed to return to teaching. He was brilliant and inquisitive, and interested in natural science as well as philosophy and theology. St. Thomas Aquinas was one of his pupils.

About 600 AD, St. Malo, the apostle of Brittany.

About 879, St. Fintan, an Irishman who joined a community of hermits at Rheinau, near Schaffhausen.

In 1136, St. Leopold, the patron of Austria. He became margrave of Austria when he was twenty-three. He and his wife had eighteen children, one of whom was Otto of Freising, a Cistercian abbot. Leopold founded the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz, the Augustinian priory of Klosterneuberg, and the Benedictine monastery of Mariazell, all of which still exist.

In 1628, in Paraguay, St. Roque González and companions, martyrs. Roque was born in Asunción and, after some years as a parish priest, joined the Jesuits. He and his companions were killed while doing missionary work among native people. He is the earliest native-born American saint.

In 1904, in France, Blessed Mary of the Passion. She was born into a noble French family; after trying the Poor Clares she joined the Society of Mary Reparatrix, who sent her as a missionary to India. There was dissension in the order, and she and nineteen others founded a new order known as the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.